became the second retailer in April to announced plans to close a Deerfield location in the vicinity of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads, according to store personnel Monday.
No date has been set for the closing, according to store personnel, but a person was standing in front of the Waukegan Road store with a sandwich board advertising a sale arising from the news, according to people driving by the location.
Calls to Office Depot’s corporate office in Florida Monday were not returned. Employees were given the news Friday.
Best Buy announced April 14 its store at Deerbrook Mall would be closing in August. Another large Deerbrook store, y. Office Depot stands next to the former Borders, which was shuttered last year.
Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal was disappointed with the news but not shocked. She felt the combination of competition with Office Max across the street in Deerbrook and internet availability of office supplies were to blame.
“I’m not surprised,” Rosenthal said. “It’s very difficult for two competitive stores opposite each other to stay in business. It’s sad for Deerfield.”
Both Rosenthal and people affiliated with Deerbrook are taking action. Deerbrook told Patch last week giving each location an outside entrance.
After plans were announced to turn the former Borders and the structure that housed George’s What’s Cooking into medical office buildings, Rosenthal asked Village Manager Kent Street to see what could be done to maintain Deerfield’s sales tax revenue. .